Dear patients and families,

As many of you were aware, I was scheduled to have hip surgery last March but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

I was operated on August 26 but unfortunately experienced a setback very soon after the procedure resulting in a totally dislocated left hip, not fun!

A second procedure was necessary August 31st . I am limited to non-weight bearing on my left side until later November. This makes working not possible.

We have hired a temporary orthodontist by the name of Dr. Niky Smith. Dr. Smith lives in Lake Oswego and has 18 years’ experience as an orthodontist. I have met with her and she is very pleasant, bright and has a positive outlook on life and orthodontics as do I! She is also trained well at the university of Washington, a great program. I feel fortunate to have found Dr. Smith. We share similar treatment philosophies. She had her own private practice for 12 years in the bay area. She practices now on temporary needs like mine.

I will be back as soon as possible and look forward to it. Also, I’ll be available to consult remotely on any patient.

A temporary bump in the road that will quickly pass.

Sincerely and Best Regards,

Dr. Bickler

1625 East 12th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

(541) 298-4072
Fax: (541) 298-6912

Coronavirus Update

Announcement for Patients of Bickler Orthodontics LLC

Covid-19 Update

Update 05/05/2020

We are working towards opening our office as quickly as we can while taking every precaution to ensure a safe environment for everyone. We will start calling our patients that initially had an appointment in the month of April. We hope to be able to see everyone very soon.

On April 23rd, Governor Kate Brown released guidelines for re-opening dental clinics. We will be following the strict guidelines of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Wasco County Health Department.

These guidelines are put in place to maintain the health and welfare of our patients, staff and the community at large. We appreciate your assistance with these requests and ask that you arrive for your appointment with patience while we get our new routines in place.

*Due to the fact that some procedures we perform in the clinic cause an aerosol some appointments may be scheduled at a later date to accommodate our arrival of an ADS dental system http://www.adsequip.com/  to provide additional protection to you and our staff.

 

What our patients should expect:

  • Masks will be required for all patients, staff and visitors. NO exceptions. Please arrive wearing a mask.
  • Only patients are allowed at appointments. Family members are invited to stay in the car. For minors and patients with caregivers, please discuss accommodations when scheduling your appointment. 
  • The clinic space is limited to 3 patients at a time. Once three patients are in the clinic, we will ask you to wait in your car until we are ready for you.  
  • All persons entering the clinic will have their temperature checked per the Oregon Health Authority guidelines prior to evaluation.
  • Please observe the 6 foot social distancing protocol at all times.
  • If you are experiencing ANY flu like symptoms, please stay at home. We will happily reschedule your appointment and provide you excellent care once your health returns to normal. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be stationed at the clinic entrance and throughout the clinic for your convenience. 

 

We have decided that all appointments will be scheduled in a manner that decreases the number of patients in the office and allow all persons to maintain the 6 foot social distancing requirement. If you happen to stop by, call us when you arrive to the parking area to see if the numbers allow for an impromptu visit to pay your bill or pick up elastics.  If you are high risk, medically compromised, have flu like symptoms or just prefer to not to leave home, please call let us know and we will schedule you in the future. 

 

What are the Bickler Orthodontics team members doing to ensure health and safety?

  • All team members will have their temperature checked prior to the start of the workday. 
  • All team members will be wearing masks for your protection and theirs.
  • Instructions have been provided by our doctor, on the proper use of hand hygiene and personal protective equipment. 
  • All equipment, doorknobs and surfaces will be wiped down with an OSHA approved sanitizing agent in between each patient encounter. 
  • Team members have been asked to stay home if they are not feeling well, experiencing any flu like symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who is COVID 19 positive. 
  • Our team members are here to serve you.

 

Dr. Bickler and staff are taking the COVID 19 threat seriously and are here to take care of your orthodontic care needs.  We are excited to return to providing care and have missed our patients. 

 

We will get through this together.

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